Master of Rural and Remote Medicine

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Master of Rural and Remote Medicine

Why study the Master of Rural and Remote Medicine at JCU?

If you are a health professional with a passion for serving rural and remote communities, this postgraduate degree will advance your academic and clinical expertise. In the Master of Rural and Remote Medicine, you will gain the skills and knowledge to meet the unique health needs of rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical communities.

Campus
Townsville
Start dates
February, July
Duration
1.5 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
Off campus

Career opportunities

There are a variety of rewarding career opportunities, including: clinical supervisors and teachers, medical educators, developing new clinical skills, rural generalist skills for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

Pathways are designed for experienced and registered health practitioners and for junior doctors and international medical graduates.

Course highlights

You will join a community of like-minded professionals at the College of Medicine and Dentistry, a recognised leader in rural and remote health, tropical medicine and health in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Consider this Masters if you are interested in:

  • Furthering your knowledge and skills in rural and remote medicine and health or developing clinical expertise in rural medicine, health professional education and research skills?
  • Learning more about primary health care, tropical medicine, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, aeromedical medicine, humanitarian medicine or diving medicine?
  • Finding out about teaching and supervision for increasing numbers of health students who request placements with you?
  • Designing, implementing, communicating and reflecting upon a research project that is relevant to rural and remote medical practice.

You will be able to access new teaching facilities, including a medical research laboratory. JCU’s research partnerships with Indigenous Australian communities and international organisations will enrich your study experience. You can also benefit from our clinical school in Cairns, Mackay, Atherton and the Northern Territory.

Course overview

Health professionals understand the unique health issues facing rural and remote communities in Australia and throughout the world. Studying the Master of Rural and Remote Medicine equips you with the advanced academic and clinical expertise to meet these challenges in rural and remote settings.

We are committed to equipping health professionals with the capabilities to practice in rural and remote settings.

The Master of Rural and Remote Medicine can be designed to match your passion. You will study eight core subjects and then choose from a wide variety of elective subjects that are grouped according to your area of interest.

You can specialise in:

  • Adult Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Population health
  • Primary health care
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Tropical medicine
  • Research skills
  • Health professional education

Subjects comprise a combination of online and block mode study options.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be registered health practitioners with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA); and

  • Be experienced rural health practitioners; or have completed, or be enrolled in, a training program in rural medicine or general practice as certified by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine or by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners; or
  • Be a current student of an Australian Medical Council (AMC) accredited medicine program and have their enrolment approved by the Course Coordinator and College Dean.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Handbook

Master of Rural and Remote Medicine

Handbook year

2019

Course code

74504

Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)

Division

Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Applicants must be registered health practitioners with AHPRA; and

  • be experienced rural health practitioners; or
  • have completed, or be enrolled in, a training program in rural medicine or general practice as certified by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine or by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners; or
  • be a current student of an Australian Medical Council (AMC) accredited medicine program and have their enrolment approved by the Course Coordinator and College Dean; or
  • be a practising international rural health practitioner and have the enrolment approved by the Course Coordinator and College Dean

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

36 credit points

Course learning outcomes

Master of Rural and Remote Medicine will enable doctors working in rural and remote Australia to complete a postgraduate qualification to enhance their clinical, academic and research skills at an advanced level. They will develop advanced knowledge, skills and attitudes to appraise and evaluate rural and remote clinical practice, academic work and research in community based settings.

Graduates will be committed to responsible, ethical and professional practice in leadership roles in rural and remote medicine. They will continue to develop life-long learning and to apply evidence in their professional work.

Graduates of the Master of Rural and Remote Medicine will be able to:

  • Apply advanced and integrated knowledge by considering current evidence for evaluating cultural, social, community, population and health factors influencing the practice of rural and remote medicine

  • Develop advanced skills in a clinical area of relevance to rural and remote medicine

  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise the complexities of health and health care delivery in rural and remote communities and exercise autonomy and expert judgement to respond with appropriate human resource management, teaching and other skills

  • Critically evaluate policies and professional and legal statutory requirements applicable to rural medical practitioners

  • Interpret ethical medical practice respecting patient’s confidentiality and privacy at both an individual patient level and community level

  • Evaluate, reflect on and apply new and existing evidence in the chosen specialty area of relevance to rural and remote medicine

  • Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability for own professional development through reflective practice and self‐directed learning

  • Design, implement, communicate and reflect upon a research project in an area of relevance to rural and remote medical practice.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

MD8001:03 Foundations of Rural or Remote Medicine

MD8002:03 Rural and Remote Medicine Reflections on Practice

HS5405:03 Teaching for Learning in the Health Professions

HS7405:03 Evidence Based Health Professional Education

MD8023:03 Communication and Collaboration in Rural and Remote Medicine

TM5510:03 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health

HS7500:06 Research Project 1

HS7501:06 Research Project 2

OPTIONS

Select 6 credit points from Option A, B, C, D or E

OPTION A – ADULT INTERNAL MEDICINE

TM5501:03 Tropical Medicine

TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health

TM5508:03 Diving and Marine Medicine

TM5512:03 Travel Medicine

TM5514:03 Environmental Health

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5536:03 Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies

TM5557:03 Disaster Health Management

TM5562:03 Reproductive Health in Developing Countries

OPTION B – EMERGENCY MEDICINE

TM5501:03 Tropical Medicine

TM5508:03 Diving and Marine Medicine

TM5512:03 Travel Medicine

TM5525:03 Communicable Disease Control

TM5557:03 Disaster Health Management

TM5560:03 Foundations of Aeromedical Retrieval

TM5565:03 Clinical Review of Aeromedical Retrieval Activity

TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management

TM5577:03 Paediatric and Neonatal Retrievals

TM5581:03 Expedition and Wilderness Medicine

OPTION C – PAEDIATRICS

PY6015:03 Child and Family Therapy

TM5501:03 Tropical Medicine

TM5514:03 Environmental Health

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5534:03 Tropical Paediatrics

TM5577:03 Paediatric and Neonatal Retrievals

OPTION D – MENTAL HEALTH

TM5575:03 Substance Misuse Prevention

TM5541:03 Managing Effective Health Programs

PY5007:03 Health and Rehabilitation

PY6015:03 Child and Family Therapy

PY5013:03 Working with Clients

OPTION E – POPULATION HEALTH

TM5502:03 Tropical Public Health

TM5513:03 Public Health Management

TM5514:03 Environmental Health

TM5515:03 Epidemiology for Public Health

TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health

TM5518:03 Medical Entomology

TM5524:03 Qualitative Research Methods for Tropical Health Practitioners

TM5525:03 Communicable Disease Control

TM5526:03 Public Health Economics

TM5528:03 Health Promotion

TM5536:03 Refugee Health

TM5540:03 Public Health and the Workplace

TM5541:03 Managing Effective Health Programs

TM5552:03 Global Health and Development

TM5557:03 Disaster Health Management

TM5562:03 Reproductive Health in Developing Countries

TM5563:03 Public Health Leadership and Crisis Management

TM5580:03 Health and Nutrition in the Tropics

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

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Candidature

Expected time to complete

18 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

8 years

Maximum leave of absence

2 years

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

No

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

Nil

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points

Currency

Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 6 years prior to the commencement of this course.

Expiry

Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 12 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title

MASTER OF RURAL AND REMOTE MEDICINE

Approved abbreviation

MRurRemM

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable – this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have successfully completed 24 credit points of appropriate subjects, may be eligible for the award of Graduate Diploma of Rural and Remote Medicine.

Course articulation

Not applicable

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.